Even if you can’t afford first or business class – or don’t have the miles to upgrade – you can still dine like a VIP on US Airways. Of course, there’s a fee for that.
Economy passengers flying between the U.S. and Europe, the Middle East or South America on US Airways can pay $19.99 for an option called DineFresh (“treat yourself to a fresh premium meal”). Here’s a sample menu to show what you get for your 20 bucks:
The $20 Fee Premium Meal
Premium MealChilled citrus-marinated chicken skewers on Mediterranean orzo topped with mango chutney, served with lavosh crackers, classic shrimp cocktail, marinated grilled vegetables and crème brûlée cheesecake with fresh berries.
Bonus: Wine with your meal (and on US Airways, that normally sells for $7-$9).
The Standard Free Meal
This is a sample of the free meal still offered to coach passengers on long hauls flights:
Free meal: Cavatappi pasta with brown butter sage sauce, fresh green salad, whole wheat roll and a blondie brownie.
You can pay for an alcoholic beverage or get a free soft drink.
Another Free Food Option
Meals are one way to break the monotony of a long flight, but there is another option besides airline food: consider bringing your own from home. This, too, will cost you nothing and has the advantage of including all your favorites.
Just watch out for ingredients that might draw grimaces from seatmates (which might include tuna, egg salad and anything lavished with garlic); also, don’t pack any foods or condiments approaching the consistency of liquid (such gravy, jams or jellies). This will not get past the TSA security checkpoint unless you can get it in a container holding 3.4 ounces or less.